February 26, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Soon after Tyler Goeddel was picked first in the Rule 5 draft in December, he took a vacation to Mexico with his brother, Mets righthander Erik Goeddel. While in Cabo, the brothers happened to see Chase Utley, who invited them to a round of golf. Utley, after 18 holes, fired a text to Cody Asche and Cameron Rupp. "He just told them to take care of me," Tyler Goeddel said. "It was a nice thing for Chase to do, for sure. I appreciated it. " The Rule 5 draft is a tool designed to prevent teams from hoarding players in the minors who would otherwise have a shot if on a different team, and that is how Goeddel became Phillies property.
February 19, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Phillies opened the doors to their spring training clubhouse Wednesday, and the immediate surveillance of the expansive room created a peculiar feeling. Look across and to the left at the lockers where the aces used to reside, and the new nameplates read Hernandez, Rupp, Mariot, Oberholzer, and Bailey . No empty lockers for extra space that is typically provided for established stars such as Roy Halladay, Roy Oswalt, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels. Too many players overall - 65 in total - and too many of the nondescript variety for that kind of luxury.
February 5, 2016
With Jesse Biddle traded to Pittsburgh, the Phillies will have just 47 games played by their first draft picks from 2003 to 2011 after an unparalleled run of success from the 1998 to 2002 drafts. Not all the players below were taken in the first round, but they were the Phillies' first picks in those drafts. Year Player Pick No. Games with Phils 1998 Pat Burrell 1st 1,306 1999 Brett Myers 12th 240 2000 Chase Utley 15th 1,585 2001 Gavin Floyd 4th 24 2002 Cole Hamels 17th 295 2003 Tim Moss 85th 0 2004 Greg Golson 21st 6 2005 Mike Costanzo 65th 0 2006 Kyle Drabek 18th 0 2007 Joe Savery 19th 41 2008 Anthony Hewitt 24th 0 2009 Kelly Dugan 75th 0 2010 Jesse Biddle 27th 0 2011 Larry Greene 39th 0 2012 Shane Watson 40th 0* 2013 J.P.
October 6, 2015 |
IN THE BOTTOM of the fourth yesterday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, the Phillies were in the midst of putting a pair of baserunners on in the same inning for the first time all game when play was halted. Players stopped moving. Umpires looked on quizzically. Down the third-base line, well beyond the bag but also well out of the reach of the ballgirl, a dead bird laid on the grass in foul territory. Apparently the usher closest to the inaction drew the short straw, as he calmly strolled toward the animal and removed it from the premises.
October 5, 2015 |
EARLIER THIS WEEK, I was listening to the radio and a song came on by Timbuk 3 titled, "The Future's So Bright. " Truth be told, the song is fairly crappy, but it has one great lyric, "the future's so bright, I gotta wear shades. " As is often the case when I listen to music, I thought about the relevance of that phrase to life, and particularly, sports. I thought about which Philadelphia professional team it would apply to. Probably not to the somewhat disappointing (at this point)
September 30, 2015 |
The signature moment of one of the best Rule 5 rookie seasons in baseball history came on a windy July afternoon at Wrigley Field in the form of a catch replayed countless times in the hours that followed. Odubel Herrera overran a Kris Bryant fly ball, slipped as he turned back and mystifyingly still recovered to haul in the final out of Cole Hamels' no-hitter. After he picked himself off the warning track at Wrigley Field that day, Herrera flashed the same smile he seemingly always wears, whether walking around the Phillies' clubhouse or strolling into second base for one of his 27 doubles.
September 21, 2015 |
ATLANTA - It is too early to tell exactly when J.P. Crawford, a highly touted shortstop and the Phillies' top prospect, will reach the major leagues. But it is not premature to begin to gauge whether Freddy Galvis, the Phillies' shortstop all season, could factor into the team's equation at second base in the future. Galvis started at second base for the first time this season in the Phillies' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field. Although interim manager Pete Mackanin insisted there was "no ulterior motive" to the temporary position change, it makes sense for the Phillies' front office to see Galvis play on the right side of the infield before season's end. Galvis "might play two or three games" at second base over the final two weeks of the season, Mackanin said.
September 15, 2015 |
A game-tying fielding error became secondary when Cesar Hernandez collided with the Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo and tumbled to the ground. Hernandez, the Phillies' 25-year-old second baseman, winced in pain as a trainer ran out to first base to tend to him. A dislocated left thumb forced Hernandez from the Phillies' 7-4 win on Sunday afternoon against the playoff-bound Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. With only 18 games remaining on the Phillies' schedule, it's likely the injury to his catching hand will spell the end of the season for Hernandez.
September 14, 2015 |
A DAY AFTER the Phillies removed Ruben Amaro Jr. as general manager, Jeff Francoeur was up to his usual antics in the team's clubhouse before a doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs, joking with his teammates, old and young, and making them practically fall out of their seats with laughter. Francoeur was all smiles, but he took no pleasure from the exit of Amaro, who gave the 31-year-old outfielder another shot in the big leagues when his career seemed to be fading around this time last year.
September 10, 2015 |
IT IS A funny and pleasant memory for Chooch: that day he got Chase Utley in New York. Lately, for Carlos Ruiz, it's mostly about the memories. The fifth wheel on the home-grown Phillies nucleus that won five NL East titles in a row, Ruiz was the least likely star. Cole Hamels and Chase Utley were first-round picks; Jimmy Rollins, a second-rounder but an obvious star from the outset; and Ryan Howard, a fifth-rounder but the biggest piece of the puzzle in every sense of the phrase.